Eagles suffer shutout loss at Lakeview

STONEBORO – Youngsville suffered a season-opening loss at the hands of the defending District 10 Class A Champion Lakeview Sailors, 46-0, Friday at Lakeview High School.

After a three-and-out series by the Eagles to start the game, Lakeview capped a five-play scoring drive with a one yard run from senior fullback Marquis Spence. Austin Rice found the end zone from 23 yards out minutes later for a 14-0 Sailors lead after one.

The second quarter was more of the same from the Lakeview offense. Clayton Miller scored on a 22-yard quarterback keeper, Spence broke free from 30 yards out, and Tanner Reddick joined the party with a two-yard touchdown run up the middle.

The Eagles’ first defensive stop led to another Lakeview score as a deep punt pinned Youngsville inside its own five, where quarterback Jake Lauffenburger was hauled down in the end zone for a safety.

The Sailors weren’t done as Rice took the ensuing punt 70 yards for a score.

The Youngsville defense did clamp down after the half, holding the hosts scoreless the rest of the way.

A long Lakeview drive in the fourth quarter ended when the Eagles forced a turnover on downs after being faced with first-and-goal inside the 10. Youngsville strung together its best offensive series of the night with Lauffenburger breaking off several long runs to move the ball into Lakeview territory.

With the mercy rule in effect, the Eagles’ best scoring chance was cut short as the clock hit zero with a first-and-ten at the Sailors’ 35-yard line.

“The whole second half was positive for us,” said Youngsville coach John Victor. “(Lakeview) kept their starters in until late in the fourth quarter and we stuck it to them. We have things to work on, but I’m proud of our guys. We’re not going to see a team with an offensive line like that the rest of the year.”

Lauffenburger finished the night with 57 yards on 15 carries, including runs of 14, 23, and 10 yards in the fourth quarter.

Spence racked up 98 yards on 10 touches while Miller finished with 90 yards on eight carries. The Sailors – who did not attempt a pass in the game – ran for a total of 318 yards as a team.

Youngsville will go for win number one next week at Eisenhower, which lost to Mercer, 40-14, at Eisenhower High School.